Saturday, September 8, 2012

Footnote (Hearat Shulayim) (2011)

Director: Joseph Cedar. Cast: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Aliza Rosen. 103 min. Rated PG. Israel. Drama.

Opens as a semi-comedy, but there's so much deep drama embedded here. An old history professor, severely bitter for not having received a prestigious science award after twenty years of hard work, is finally given the news that his turn has come. But then... the unexpected happens. Won't spoil anything from here; just leave with the notion that the son (another prominent scholar) and his relations with his father are excruciatingly put to the test. And the curious part is, it's very believable - to the extent that you'll definitely ask yourself what you would've done in the son's place.

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